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“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement..It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”
These are the words of the historian James Truslow Adams, taken from his book Epic of America published in 1931. They summarize the idea of freedom and equality linked to the USA developed over the centuries which shaped the nation and has been rooted in the world populations common imaginary.
At the immigration to US basis there has always been the desire of liberty, redemption and success historically embodied by the “New World”. Over all its history America has been seen like the cradle of the possibilities by the people of all parts of the world.
During the 20th century started an immigration wave mostly of European people. The most industrialized cities as New York, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia were the destination of those who were attracted by the idea this new country where everything would had been possible and all the dreams would had become true. Different immigration acts were drawn up to regulate and limit the migratory flows.
Nowadays the “American dream” keeps attracting and fascinate a lot of people from all around the world. United States of America represent a worldwide appeal, every year more than one million legal migrants are welcome in this big and open country. US has the widest migratory flow of the world,immigration here has been the major source of population growth and cultural exchange and it laid the groundwork for a multicultural state.
Whereas in the past mostly of the migrants came from European countries, the biggest part of the current migrants come from Latin America and Asia.
Every year the American Government gives the opportunity to make the “American dream” come true for 50,000 foreign people who want to live and work in USA. The Green Card Lottery is a Diversity Immigrant Visa program which allows to receive a United States Permanent Resident Card. This lottery is administered by the Department of State. According to the Immigration Act of 1990, 50,000 permanent resident visas are made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The visas are distributed on a regional basis. Each region which sent a lower immigrants number to the US in the previous 5 years will receive more diversity visas. Currently, about 80% of the visas are given to Africa and Europe.
Lottery ‘”winners” must have all eligibility requirements under US law to get a diversity visa and immigrate to the United States, including at least a high school diploma, or its equivalent, or two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years training.
The lottery is conducted under the terms of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The participation to the program is free. The majority of the world’s inhabitants have the right to participate,this right is established according to the birth country of the participants. Also parents or spouses’ birth countries are accepted for applying.
USA open the doors to all the dreamers. Are you ready to run for your “American dream”?